Dori J. Mikus

Born on October 24, 1951

Departed on February 21, 2017 and resided in Franklin, Tennessee

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Dori J. Mikus passed away February 21, 2017 surrounded by her family. Dori was born Dorothea Kopsovich on October 24, 1951, in Uniontown, PA to Edward S. Kopsovich (Deceased) and Mary Ann Rejzer (Deceased). Dori was the cherished wife of Martin for more than 39 years; beloved mother of Jenna (Dan); caring sister to brother Gerald Kopsovich (Rosalind) and sister Joanne Ingle (Neal) and to brothers-in-law Patrick (Josephine), Dennis (Gina), and Gerard (Georgette); and supportive aunt to nephew Jerod Ingle (Julie) and nieces Mary Beth Kopsovich, Heather Mikus and Megan Mikus.


Dori received a BS in Business Management with High Honors. She was a high-level support resource to the Director of Master of Arts in Art Therapy at Ursuline College in Pepper Pike, OH for 3 years and the Director of Master of Fine Arts in Creative Writing at Vanderbilt in Nashville, TN for 13 years. Dori was known to all as a tireless woman of generosity, intelligence and influence. Towards the latter part of her career, Dori was self-employed, working resourcefully to manage fundraising campaigns for 2010 Nashville flood victims, the House of Mercy, and numerous other not-for-profit organizations.


Dori, an accomplished soprano, loved singing with choirs and choruses in Ohio and Tennessee, including the Nashville Symphony Chorus, in which she sang for nearly 20 years. Dori was very artistic. She was an excellent chef and baker, who loved to entertain, and a certified master gardener with an incredible green thumb. Her innate ability to make everything beautiful will be missed.


Dori’s celebration of life will begin with a family and friends visitation in the St. Henry Catholic Church Narthex, 6401 Harding Pike, Nashville, TN, 37205, Saturday, March 4, 9:30-11:00 a.m. The Funeral Mass follows at 11:00 a.m. An announcement will relate reception particulars. In lieu of flowers the family requests donations be made to St. Jude Children’s Hospital in Memphis, TN or towards pancreatic cancer-focused research via PanCAN.

6 Comments to Dori J. Mikus

  1. Martin Mikus
    February 26, 2017 10:08 pm

    The love of my life!
    All my love,

  2. Michelle Meadows
    February 26, 2017 11:29 pm

    What a beautiful picture of Dori! She was larger than life! We will miss her beautiful smile! Praying for all of you! May she rest in the perfect peace of our slots Jesus!

    Lots of love, ❤??

    Missy, Bret, Haley, Lili and Julie

  3. Steve and Patti Vrnak
    February 27, 2017 4:40 am

    Our wonderful Brecksville OH neighbor evolved into a very close friendship that has continued over time and distance. Our families are forever linked due in large part to Dori. Rest in peace Dori and may your family know that you will live in our memories and prayers.

  4. Karen and Fred
    February 27, 2017 1:55 pm

    Dori was a wonderful friend to many. So talented and giving. Her passing leaves a pain that I pray good memories will ease as time goes by. I love this picture of her – so beautiful. So glad that we met Dori and Marty during out time in Cleveland oh, so many years ago. Prayers and hugs!

  5. Barbara Breen
    February 27, 2017 4:33 pm

    Dear Marty and Jenna, My heart goes out to you and your family. I am so sorry to hear about your Dori. However she is not suffering anymore and she is at peace. Dori was a very talented ladyMay God bless all your family. Love, Barbara Breen

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